Jake Brunger

Jake Brunger Jake is currently studying at Bristol University and hopes to eventually pursue a career in the theatre industry as a writer/director. His favourite writers include American playwright Rebecca Gilman and he's a big supporter of new writing in Britain. In addition to BroadwayWorld, Jake also writes for BBC.co.uk, Whatsonstage.com and Theatremonkey.com.


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UK Roundup - Spamalot, Drowsy, Ruthie + Lee
July 18, 2007

The Swedes cast Spamalot, Joseph's stage breaks down on opening night, Drowsy closes in London, The Producers cancels tour and Ruthie returns to West End

10 Musicals Open in London's West End in Summer 2007!
May 21, 2007

After a jam-packed Autumn season last year, with 8 musicals in 8 weeks, the West End goes one better and gives us 10 musicals to look forward to over the summer months. With Broadway imports, popular reality TV cast musicals, new musicals and short-run revivals, there's certainly something for everyone, so read on for the full lowdown..

UK Roundup - New Rent, Fiyero, Reality TV + Faith Prince
May 8, 2007

London gets a new production of Rent, a new Fiyero in Wicked whilst Faith Prince stars alongside Michael Ball at the ENO and Buddy returns for a third run

Merrily We Roll Along at Derby Playhouse
April 20, 2007

Despite a much weaker first half, due to a myriad of problems both in script and cartoonish delivery, Merrily We Roll Along rewards audience loyalty by producing a touching, superior second act that has many beautiful moments.

UK Roundup - Fiddler, Hairspray, Jersey Boys, Evita
March 25, 2007

A bumper issue of openings and closings! Fiddler, Hairspray and Jersey Boys move in whilst Evita, Porgy and Bess and Guys and Dolls move out..

UK Roundup - Sunday, Oliviers, Daniel Radcliffe, Parade
February 25, 2007

Sunday in the Park with George dominates the Laurence Olivier Awards, Jason Robert Brown's Parade comes to London and Daniel Radcliffe gets naked on stage..

UK Roundup: Lord of the Rings, Jessica Lange, Maggie Smith
December 20, 2006

Laura Michelle Kelly flies from Cherry Tree Lane to Middle Earth, Frances de la Tour stars in Boeing-Boeing and Lloyd Webber casts Joseph through reality TV

UK Review: Little Shop of Horrors
December 6, 2006

The Menier's revival offers a refreshing break from the barrage of blockbuster musicals currently playing in the West End, and even manages to surpass them for entertainment value.

UK Roundup - Radcliffe, Wicked, Drowsy Chaperone
November 6, 2006

Daniel Radcliffe's nude debut announces dates, Wicked breaks records, Connie climbs hills, Drowsy Chaperone eyes a West End transfer and Billy Zane gives Dance Lessons

UK Review - Wicked the Musical
September 28, 2006

The unlikely friendship between the Good Witch and the Wicked one has a never-ending curiosity for all ages and both sexes, which should therefore see audiences packing the theatre for years.

UK Roundup – Lloyd Webber's Maria, Wicked, Ashlee Simpson
September 1, 2006

Lloyd Webber faces industry criticism over Maria and writes Master and Margarita whilst musicals preview, Tonya Pinkins revisits Caroline and Ashlee goes to Chicago

8 Major Musicals in 8 Weeks: Fall '06 in London
August 9, 2006

With no less than 8 major musicals opening in Fall 2006 in London, which ones are steaming ahead and which ones lagging behind? Jake takes a look and finds out..

UK Roundup - Radcliffe, Pinter, Maria, Sondheim
August 4, 2006

Daniel Radcliffe gets naked in Equus, Maria Von Trapp turns reality TV star, Harold Pinter plans London stage return and Sunday plans a Broadway transfer

UK Review: Avenue Q
June 29, 2006

With all guns blazing, the loud, brash, crude puppet phenomenon of Avenue Q hops over the pond to London's West End.

An Interview with Ann Harada
June 27, 2006

Ann Harada, who originated the role of Christmas Eve in Avenue Q on Broadway, is currently reprising her role in the London production of the Tony award winning musical, the only actress from the original company to recreate her performance in London.

UK Roundup - Kim Cattrall, Gavin Creel, Last Five Years
June 20, 2006

Kim Cattrall plans a more able-bodied performance in Streetcar, Gavin Lee swaps for Gavin Creel, Jamie and Cathy make wedding plans at the Menier and The Play's The Thing reveals its winner

UK Roundup - Swayze, Gambon, Cabaret, Avenue Q
June 5, 2006

Patrick Swayze joins Guys and Dolls, Michael Gambon returns to the London stage in a silent role, Cabaret announces dates and Avenue Q and Evita open for previews..

UK Roundup - Menzel in Wicked, Movin' Out, Ann Harada
May 15, 2006

Casting is confirmed for Wicked with Idina Menzel for three months, Movin' Out moves out, Ann Harada transfers with Avenue Q and David Essex does Footloose

UK Roundup - Dirty Dancing, Cabaret Revival, Kevin Spacey
April 20, 2006

Dirty Dancing sells £3m of tickets, Rufus Norris helms Cabaret revival with Bill Kenwright and controversy rages for Kevin Spacey. Plus news on Tom Stoppard and Paul Nicholls.

UK Roundup - The Last Five Years, Billy Elliot, Lord of the Rings
March 31, 2006

The Last Five Years comes to London five years after its world premiere, award winners return for Billy Elliot and 'Bored of the Rings' plans London debut



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